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iPad Check-In Solution Provides Myriad Marketing Benefits

Sometimes a technology solution adopted by healthcare administrators and clinicians produces unexpected benefits for marketers. CHRISTUS Physician Group, with operations in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and New Mexico, wanted to streamline patient check-in during office visits and improve collection of outstanding balances. To achieve these goals, the organization piloted, then implemented, a digital patient check-in solution Read More

How Healthcare Marketers Can Leverage Instagram


There’s no denying Instagram’s rapid rise in popularity. As of September 2017, the photo-sharing channel had more than 800 million monthly active users — double the amount it had just two years prior. On top of its massive growth, Instagram also has been rolling out a slew of new features what seems like almost monthly. Read More

Ethical Land Mines To Avoid In Your Digital Advertising Efforts

Chris Neuner, senior vice president and general manager of digital health solutions at PulsePoint

Are you reaching the right people with your digital advertising without crossing any ethical lines? The latest programmatic technology makes it easier than ever to gather insights to help you connect with your target audience. But in the process, there are some land mines you’ll need to avoid. The exploding popularity of personal devices, from Read More

New Web Accessibility Requirements Coming: Are You Ready?

Andy Gradel, System Director of Digital Marketing, Main Line Health

What if 20 percent of your website visitors were prevented from fully engaging with your content, or found it just too frustrating to spend much time on your site? Web design has come a long way toward making digital experiences more consumer-friendly, personalized, and mobile-friendly. But unless you’ve experienced what it’s like to interact with Read More

The Intersection of AI and Healthcare

chat bot with billing agent for piedmont healthcare from Loyal healthcare

The media, including social media, are buzzing about AI, or artificial intelligence. As of this writing in late November, the top trending article on Facebook is “Facebook Is Using Artificial Intelligence to Spot Suicidal Tendencies in Its Users.” On LinkedIn, it is “Where Will AI Increase and Decrease Costs in Healthcare?” Is AI just the Read More

How to Optimize Your Hospital Website’s Find-a-Doctor Tool — and Put Users First

Noel Coleman, president of Enterprise

The strategic core of most hospital or health system websites is a strong and user-friendly physician directory, or “Find a Doctor” tool. Optimizing your strategy and your tool’s functionality is a digital healthcare marketing imperative. In last month’s article, Noel Coleman mapped five strategic goals for your “Find a Doctor” tool. In our new article, he offers Read More

How Texting Can Solve Patient Communication Woes

Lea Chatham, director of content marketing for Solutionreach

We use our cellphones to deposit money, send email, and track our daily step count. We also use them to constantly communicate, whether it’s through social media, texting, and (rarely, it seems) phone calls. With countless apps and new technology increasing our communication channels, shouldn’t it be easier to communicate with healthcare providers? Unfortunately, that Read More

Common SEO Myths That Can Hurt Healthcare Websites

Kyle Mills, manager of online marketing at Practis

“In the big picture of digital marketing, SEO is truly the most misunderstood portion,” says Kyle Mills, manager of online marketing at Practis, a North Carolina-based healthcare digital marketing agency. One of the biggest myths around SEO is that websites can be optimized once and have long-term success. The fact is that SEO is not Read More

From a Nonfunctional Website To Digital-First

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“When Lisa Stockmon arrived at City of Hope National Medical Center in 2014 as chief marketing and communications officer, she was on a mission to transform the venerable comprehensive cancer center into a national brand and an international digital marketing powerhouse,” says Robin Snow, founder and principal of Aefinity Interactive, LLC. “She had the experience Read More

Is Your Physician Directory Achieving These 5 Strategic Goals?

Noel Coleman

“How do your customers identify providers in your network? Your answer could be very important to your organization’s success,” posits Noel Coleman, president of Enterprise (formerly Connect Healthcare). Here’s why: “Today, Find-a-Doctor tools (such as a physician directory on your website that is optimized to meet your patients’ needs and search habits) are an important part Read More

Should You Leap Into Facebook Live Streaming?

Amanda Rayno, Brigham and Women's Hospital

There’s no denying the popularity of Facebook’s live video feature. Within a year of its site-wide launch in April 2016, broadcasts quadrupled, and one in five videos on the platform was live. For marketers, Facebook Live is a new and exciting way to engage with audiences. But live video can come with some hesitation and Read More

Don’t Overlook the Importance of Page Speed

Petra Gregorová, senior software engineer at ConnectiveDX

As the number of users accessing the internet from mobile devices continues to climb, an optimized mobile experience is becoming a must-have for healthcare and other industries. How long does it take your hospital website to load on a mobile device? According to a study by Google, 22 seconds is the average time to fully load Read More

2017 eHealthcare Leadership Award Winners Announced

eHealthcare Leadership Awards

Winners of the 2017 eHealthcare Leadership Awards were announced today at a special keynote presentation at the Healthcare Internet Conference in Austin, Texas. Over 200 organizations, representing a broad industry spectrum, received recognition for their outstanding websites and digital communications. A total of 116 individuals familiar with healthcare and the internet judged the entries. See Read More

Keys To Creating an Effective Chatbot for Your Health System

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For Jonno Boyer-Dry, creating a chatbot for cancer patients wasn’t a project based on financial goals or institutional efficiency. It was something that emerged out of personal experience. “Part of what is maddening about being a cancer patient is that resources and information are incredibly disaggregated,” says Boyer-Dry, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma three Read More

Integrated CRM/PRM: A Strategy for Health System Marketing Success

Last year, in an article on Lehigh Valley Health Network’s integrated CRM/PRM strategy, we got right up to the starting line with the health system’s CRM selection and implementation, and learned about its ambitious plans for the future. It’s been 18 months, and we wanted to find out how it’s going. The short answer is, it’s Read More

Keep Your Community Benefit Reports Relevant

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Community benefit reports have been an important component of hospital communication strategies for many years. For nonprofit healthcare systems, this reporting mechanism is required to demonstrate the positive impact they have had on community health to retain tax exemptions and other benefits. But as consumers’ information consumption habits have changed, the format and role of Read More

Fresh Facebook Strategies That Maximize Visibility

Aaron Watkins, senior director of internet strategy and digital content marketing at Johns Hopkins Medicine

Any marketer will tell you that Facebook is one of the most powerful tools your brand can harness. It continues to show its strength as the most popular social media app, growing its active user base to more than 2 million and posting one successful quarter after another. But with more competition, new users, and Read More

The Intersection of Reputation Management and SEO

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Hospitals and health systems think of their websites as the digital “front door” to their organizations, but before consumers get there, search engine results could steer them away to competitors with higher star ratings and more positive reviews. Reputation is everything. The sheer number of places consumers post information makes it challenging for healthcare organizations Read More

Choosing the CRM that’s Right for You

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If you’re ready to put your healthcare organization at the forefront of the industry, it’s time to invest in a CRM solution.

As consumers become savvier healthcare shoppers, hospital marketers need technology that can help them target and engage those potential patients. Your health system should invest in a robust CRM platform that allows you to collect data about consumers in your market, store it all in one place, and use it to develop personalized campaigns and strategies.

“Choosing the CRM That’s Right for You” explores what CRM is, the benefits of using a dedicated healthcare CRM solution, and tips for choosing and implementing a new CRM system. Produced by Healthgrades, this buyer’s guide shows you how a CRM platform can help you:

  • Understand and engage consumers at the individual level
  • Develop data-driven strategies
  • Get the most from your people and resources
  • Prove the effectiveness of your marketing department

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Healthcare Digital Marketing Toolkit

Healthcare Digital Marketing Toolkit

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You don’t have to be a super hero to achieve healthcare digital marketing success, but it helps!

With all the competing channels and goals you juggle, finding measurable return on your marketing investments can be tough. Are you building on a solid foundation? Or do you need a few more tools in your belt to really reach great heights?

The new Digital Marketing Toolkit from Influence Health offers tips, templates, and a winning strategy to help you:

  • Evaluate all your current digital marketing assets
  • Define your consumer personas and map their unique journeys
  • Create a solid strategy
  • Set realistic and measurable goals
  • Calculate return on investment
  • Stay flexible and adaptable
  • Convince your executives to support your mission

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Healthcare Consumer Experience In 2017

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A Practical Guide for Healthcare Executives, Marketers, Clinicians, IT Professionals

It’s time to come together.

Today’s patient engagement is consumer engagement. And when you create a superior digital consumer experience in healthcare, you drive everything from brand awareness to patient acquisition to consumer engagement to loyalty. But understanding how to accomplish this with healthcare technology across channels and with different stakeholders across your organization can be challenging.

This guide covers everything from healthcare CRM to hospital websites to social media to patient portals to cutting-edge consumer experience tools with a strategy for getting healthcare executives, marketers, clinicians, and IT professionals all on the same page. We’ve presented a road map for better healthcare consumer experiences.

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Vaccine Info? There’s an App for That.

As questions and confusion surrounding the need for childhood vaccines persist, healthcare organizations are creating easy-to-use digital resources to convey reliable vaccine information to parents. Mobile apps are a popular way to reinforce recommendations, dispel misconceptions, and build trust. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Vaccine Education Center (VEC) added an app called “Vaccines on the Read More

Twitter: It’s No Longer All About The Clicks

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It’s no secret that Twitter is a mainstay of the healthcare marketing tool kit. But as the social media landscape evolves, Twitter’s role as a content marketing channel is evolving as well. Although it comes as no real surprise to marketers, Facebook continues to keep its place at the top of the social media food Read More